We launched the program on Nov. 11 with a request to the nonprofit community to apply to be partners in this national shoe-gifting campaign, with an aim to build a partnership network of localized organizations across the nation for immediate, direct access to kids in need. During the 10-day application period, we received applications from more than 2,600 nonprofits in more than 3,000 U.S. cities nationwide. The application period is now closed.
Greater Horizons, a nonprofit based in Kansas City focused on helping donors connect with local and national charitable causes nationwide, received and conducted due diligence on submitted applications, based on criteria and guidelines developed with Payless ShoeSource. Allotment of the $15 gift coupons to selected organizations was based on the size of their client base, their local/regional coverage area and the ratio of Payless stores within that coverage area.
Recipient organizations will be required to provide all paperwork requested by Payless to comply with Internal Revenue Code requirements. Recipient organizations will also be requested to share stories of one or more families selected to receive merchandise gift coupons including photos and a corresponding waiver or release when appropriate. It is understood that from time to time it will not be possible to share client information due to privacy concerns, and an organization's ability to comply with this request will not be a factor in the selection of recipients.
Click here to download the final report form to be submitted by all recipients prior to January 15, 2009. This report allows our partner, Greater Horizons to track and measure the distribution of the gift coupons. This data will be used for future potential programs, as well as is necessary for tax purposes.
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